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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
March 19 - April 1, 2016

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Clergy Letter

Trunk Yard Sale
Holy Week
Italy Tour 2017
Women's retreat
Rector search update
Blood dirve
Communion wine

Hunger Walk

Vestry notes
Lent Lectures report
Volunteer Corner

Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Go Global Missions
Georgia Festival Chorus
Health tips


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You(th) help



3/19 – Cats On Wheels lunch trip;
Trunk Yard Sale

3/20 – Palm Sunday;
The Extension dinner

3/22 – Children’s Stations of the Cross;
Elizabeth Inn laundry team

3/23 – Eucharist & Healing service;
Elizabeth Inn breakfast team

3/24 – Maundy Thursday liturgy;
Prayer vigil

3/25 – Good Friday;
office closed:
Morning Prayer;
Stations of the Cross;
Good Friday liturgy;
Monastic supper

3/26 – Holy Saturday;
Great Vigil of Easter

3/27 – Easter Day;
Rice Bowls ingathering

3/28 – Easter Monday, office closed
3/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner team

3/30 – WNL resumes;
Elizabeth Inn laundry team

3/31 – Holy Comforter outreach meeting

4/3 – Italy tour meeting

See article for complete schedule of Holy Week & Easter activities

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Easter means Hope

By Father Dean+

Since we know how the Easter Story ends, it’s hard for us to imagine what it must have been like for Mary, as she made her way to the tomb that morning. As far as she could see in that moment, there was absolutely nothing good that could come out of such overwhelming tragedy. To put it another way—to describe hopelessness another way—Mary, and all those followers of Jesus could not imagine how in the world God could redeem this situation.

But God could imagine it. So, says the story, Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb, absolutely hopeless in her grief. But what she finds is that God has chosen this tragedy to illuminate all tragedies everywhere. God has chosen this moment to use God’s divine imagination to suspend time and space itself, almost like a joke. It’s as if God said, “In my imagination, I called into existence from nothing all that is. You human beings, wounded by life, can’t see it that way, but that’s all right. I’ll not only redeem it—I’ll help you see it. I’ll find ways to fund your imagination and give you hope again.” You see, we are made in the image of God, which means that we have that inner capacity to hope. Life sometimes takes that away. But the good news of Easter is that God hopes, too.

That’s part of the reason we come to church—to let these wild, holy scriptures fund our imaginations, and help us to see the future as God might see it, and we cannot. We come to church to sort out our own hopes with God’s hope for us, and that takes time, and it takes a community, a “body of Christ,” to help one another along the way.

On Easter Day, God gives us this holy story of the empty tomb, as if to say, My beloved children, do not despair. There is nothing in your small world that I can’t nurture to new hope. I will find a way, says God, I will find a way to give you hope again.

I invite you to celebrate with your brothers and sisters at St. Catherine’s the good news of Easter Resurrection, on this Easter Sunday, and throughout the year. Christ is risen! There is Hope! Alleluia!

Trunk Yard Sale — Saturday, March 19

Shoppers! -- Come to St. Catherine’s trunk yard sale! Bring your friends! 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, March 19 in the backing parking lot of the church. Don't miss any of the treasures! The youth will have pizza and drinks for purchase while you're there.

More sellers are welcome! -- If you were not able to reserve in advance, please arrive by 8:30 am for set up. Everyone can rent a parking space and sell your things from the trunk/rear of your vehicle in our church-wide yard sale open to the public. Parking spaces are $20, $10 optional table setup. All proceeds will benefit our Youth House Expansion Project.

We will be holding these sales on the third Saturday of March, April and May this year. For more information or to reserve your spot contact LeeAnn Sherry, 770-815-5299,

Holy Week 2016

We invite you to set aside the demands of the everyday and join together with family and friends beginning March 20 for Holy Week. If you have never made this journey you will find it life changing. This time marks the days of Jesus' passion and resurrection and is the most important time of the church year. In rites and words the mysteries of Jesus' final hours are with us again, his passion, his cruel suffering, his rising from the dead. We discover the answer to age-old questions: Does God love us? Is God merciful? Does God care for us? We have only to look and learn from Jesus Christ.

Please join us for the activities below, and especially for the liturgies of the Easter Triduum: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Great Vigil of Easter (7:30 pm each day) — word and sacraments that touch our lives as in no other ways during the rest of the year. Prepared by the days of Lent, Christians celebrate on these holiest of days the saving work God has accomplished in Christ. We have additional offerings during Holy Week so please look through the calendar and activities below. The nursery is available as noted in the schedule. You are invited.

A liturgical note: No Communion on Good Friday or Holy Saturday - From Father Dean: Good Friday and Holy Saturday (the period ending at sunset on Saturday) are the only days of the church year in which the consecration of the bread and wine of Holy Communion is prohibited. Over the centuries, many churches (especially in the Anglo Catholic tradition) developed a practice of blessing extra sacraments on Maundy Thursday to distribute on Good Friday. Even though the 1979 Prayer Book makes allowances for this tradition, many priests believe that the very absence of the sacrament on these days most closely mirrors the spiritual sense of God’s "apparent absence” during those terrible hours on the cross: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” It fully recognizes that in our spiritual journey there are times when we, too, cannot see ahead in hope, and we must wait, like those disciples, for the Good News of Easter to come soon. This year on the Good Friday 7:30 pm service at St. Catherine’s we will observe this discipline of waiting.


Palm Sunday, March 20...

7:30 am

Holy Eucharist (HE)

8:00 am


8:45 am

Liturgy of the Palms + HE (nursery)

10:00 am

Church School (nursery)

11:15 am

Liturgy of the Palms + HE (nursery)

Tuesday, March 22...

6:30 pm

Children’s Stations of the Cross

Wednesday, March 23...

12:15 pm

NOTE TIME HE + Healing Service

Maundy Thursday, March 24...

7:30 pm

Maundy Thursday Proper Liturgy (nursery)

9:30 pm

All-night Prayer Vigil

Good Friday, March 25...

9:00 am

Morning Prayer

12:00 pm

Stations of the Cross (outdoor)

6:30 pm

Stations of the Cross (indoor)

7:30 pm

Good Friday Proper Liturgy (nursery)

9:00 pm

Monastic Supper

Holy Saturday, March 26...

10:00 am

Proper Liturgy

7:30 pm

Great Vigil of Easter (nursery)

Easter Day, March 27...

6:30 am...

Outdoor Sunrise Eucharist (rain or shine)


7:30 am...



8:45 am...

Festive Family Eucharist (nursery)


10:00 am...

Reception + Easter Egg Hunt
(no Church School)


11:15 am...

Festive Choral Eucharist (nursery)


12:45 pm...



  • There will be no Children’s Chapel on Palm Sunday and Easter Day. This activity will resume on Sunday, April 3.
  • Rites of Reconciliation - The clergy of St. Catherine's offer the opportunity for private confession ("The Reconciliation of a Penitent") during Holy Week. During Lent we are called to a ministry of forgiveness. Holy Week is a great time to explore the areas in our own lives where forgiveness would be appropriate. Please note that confessions are not restricted to times of sickness, they may be heard anytime and anywhere. The Reconciliation of a Penitent is available for all who desire it. The liturgy is found in our Book of Common Prayer, pages 446-452. The Anglican tradition has always been that all people can avail themselves of this sacrament, some should, but none must. If you want to explore this sacrament including simply inquiring about it, please contact Father Dean or Amma Susan for an appointment.
  • Stations of the Cross March 22 and 25 - We invite you to use our Stations of the Cross during Lent, Holy Week or any time as a way of enjoying our beautiful church. We have both Outdoor Stations which are sited around our grounds, and Indoor Stations in the main sanctuary. Our Outdoor Stations of the Cross is complete with liturgies in a housing near Station Number 1 (by the church front doors, to the right as you face the entry). The Indoor Stations are the plaques on the walls of the sanctuary, Station 1 is at the right-hand rear of the nave as you face the altar.
    -> A Way of the Cross for Children — Tuesday, March 22. We offer a special family Stations of the Cross during Holy Week on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. This is an interactive Stations designed to stimulate imaginations and help our children experience the walk through Holy Week. The characters in the drama of the Passion can inspire our own efforts to offer friendship, care and support to those in need. Children old enough to read will enjoy this experience and we invite all children ages 7-12. This experience will help them understand what happened to Jesus, and encourage both children and parents to think about God's presence and action in their lives.
    -> Guided Stations of the Cross — Good Friday, March 25. Outdoor Stations is held at 12:00 pm, and Indoor Stations at 6:30 pm.
  • Wednesday Healing Service March 23 - NOTE THIS TIME: 12:15 pm - Our traditional service of Holy Eucharist and Healing on Wednesday in Holy Week will be held as a midday offering this year, beginning at 12:15 pm. Very special music will be part of this year's service, with Linda Carter on harp and Father Dean on cello.
    The mystery of the anointing with holy oil (holy unction) provides both physical and spiritual healing. The sacrament, with holy oil blessed by the Holy Spirit, is most commonly celebrated during Holy Week on Holy Wednesday evening. Everyone in the parish may be anointed with the holy oil for the healing of spiritual and bodily ills. The oil carries God's grace both to renew the body and to cleanse the spirit. The service follows the apostolic tradition mentioned in the New Testament: "...let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven" (James 5:14-15). Holy unction is a mystery of great comfort and integral to our journey through Holy Week to the new life of resurrection. It provides uplifting and asks for patience to accept the will of God whatever the physical outcome. Come and receive the anointed grace of our Lord and know how God sustains us even in these times of great need.
  • Maundy Thursday Service - March 24, 7:30 pm - In this celebration Jesus sacramentally anticipates the gift he makes of himself on the cross. His command to serve others is dramatically recalled in the ceremony of the washing of the feet, which he performed for his disciples. Like the Paschal lamb, killed and eaten by the people, Jesus is a sign of God's salvation.
  • Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil - Our custom is to keep Vigil with our Lord through the night from immediately following the Maundy Thursday liturgy until Morning Prayer on Good Friday at 9:00 AM. We will have security in the building through the night. The sign up poster is available in the foyer. You may sign up for the time you desire even if others already have, there is no limit to the number of persons keeping watch at any time period. You may also keep the vigil in your home if traveling to church is prohibitive. Won't you spend one hour with your Lord?
  • Good Friday service - March 25, 7:30 pm –These liturgies retell the story of that last day with a simple dignity and drama not seen at other times in the church. During this time we pray for the entire world asking that this powerful paschal mystery bring blessings to the world. According to ancient tradition, the cross is venerated this day, and the sacrament of Christ's love for his church is received. It is one of two days the Episcopal Church asks us to fast—the other is Ash Wednesday, therefore a fitting beginning and end to our Lenten journey.
  • Good Friday Monastic Dinner - We will gather after our Good Friday service for an adult monastic dinner in the Parish Hall immediately following the liturgy. It serves to break our Good Friday fast as we come together in silence and candlelight to enjoy a delicious fish stew, bread and a little wine or other beverage. As the meal progresses it is always a delight to hear the room move from silence to a solemn joy as we anticipate the rest of the story of the death and resurrection of Christ. Please call the office to reserve by Thursday at 770-971-2839.
  • Great Vigil of Easter service - Saturday, March 26, 7:30 pm - Remember to bring your favorite and loudest bells to ring at this service. The Great Vigil of Easter begins with the kindling of fire from which the great Paschal Candle, a distinctive feature of the Easter liturgy, is lighted. The candle leads the procession into the darkened church. The Exsultet is sung, a prayer among the oldest liturgical texts to survive to this day. The Liturgy of the Word begins in which we listen to the record of God’s saving acts in history, the witness of His continuing presence among his people, as well as in his world. We respond to each reading and then pray, silently at first, and then our prayers are gathered into a collect. The celebrant then calls us to renew our baptismal vows. Now at last into its final part, the Holy Eucharist begins with this special Easter greeting: “Alleluia, Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.” Bells are rung and joyful sounds are made. For the first time since the beginning of Lent a joyful song of praise is sung and the bells are rung to celebrate the great news of Christ’s resurrection. The people celebrate the victory of their King who has triumphed over sin, death, and the powers of darkness. The light of Christ!
  • Office schedule -- The church office will be closed on Good Friday, March 25, and Easter Monday, March 28.
  • Reflections through Easter Day -- Remember to read your Reflection of the Day on our website now through Easter Day at from our collection of Lenten reflections written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners.

Easter Day – Sunday, March 27


6:30 am - Outdoor Sunrise Eucharist (rain or shine)
7:30 am - Breakfast
8:45 am - Festival Family Eucharist
10 am - Reception + Easter Egg Hunt
     No Church School
11:15 am - Festival Choral Eucharist
12:45 pm - Reception

  • Bring flowers for children's Flowering of the Cross – We invite all children to bring cut flowers to the 8:45 AM Easter morning worship service. It is our custom to flower the cross in front of the sanctuary just as the glorious worship service begins. Be sure to bring flowers for each child, and we always appreciate some extras for children who are visiting or simply forgot theirs in the rush of dressing in their Easter finery.
  • Easter Egg Hunt – The Easter Egg Hunt will be on Easter Day for children through 5th grade immediately after 8:45 service (about 10:00 am). We ask that parents be present and supervise their own children during the hunt. Young children (toddlers-2nd grade) meet in front of the church on the pavers, and older children (3rd-5th grade) meet in the downstairs atrium. Youth may be helpers, please contact Youth Director Sally Paris,
  • Rice Bowls Ingathering is Easter Day -- Remember, you can help make a difference in the lives of millions of kids worldwide! Use your plastic "rice" bowl to collect your spare change throughout Lent. Filled bowls are due back to the church through Holy Week and by Easter Day. Information about Rice Bowls is available on the website at
  • Easter receptions - cookies and assistance needed – Please join us for a light festive reception following 8:45 and 11:15 am services on Easter morning. Your Fellowship Committee needs plenty of assistance with set-up, serving, and clean-up. This year we are keeping it light and are asking for ONLY cookies or other small, light finger desserts. Please sign up by contacting Shirley Childs or Jennifer Massey
  • Easter Communions – We invite you to let us know if you will not be able to be in church on Easter due to illness. The Church's tradition is to bring the communion of Sunday of the Resurrection to those unable to celebrate in the midst of the community of faith. Simply contact the office and we'll have one of our Eucharistic Visitors call to arrange a visit.

Announcing: Italy Tour - June 12-21, 2017

Information meeting Sunday, April 3

Our Chancel Choir is planning to sing in the International Choral Festival in Tuscany as part of a trip in summer of next year, June 14 - 21, 2017. Parishioners (singers and non-singers) are invited to join us on what promises to be an unforgettable tour in one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. You’ll experience amazing history, culture, food, wine and music with the most fun people we know! Excursions will include the cities of Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena and more. The tour itinerary and details can be viewed at

An information meeting will be held for anyone interested in learning more on Sunday, April 3 in the Choir Room at 12:45 pm (immediately following the 11:15 service). You may also contact Brian or Jana Williams with any questions about this trip, or

A deposit will be due by Wednesday, April 20. Please make deposit checks in the amount of $300 payable to "Music Contact International." The remainder of the trip cost may be paid in twelve monthly installments of approximately $250. We hope you’ll join us for our Tuscany Tour in summer 2017!

Women's retreat April 14-17

Payments due by April 1

You are invited to join the women of St. Catherine’s for our 2016 retreat, "Finding Your Playful Path," Friday to Sunday, April 15-17, at Montera Farm in the mountains of north Georgia. You can see details and photos of this beautiful away-from-it-all setting at -- and anyone who has been to Montera can tell you how wonderful their food is!

The total of $275 for the weekend is due by April 1 -- includes lodging, meals, and the retreat activities. Horseback riding, winetasting at a local vineyard and massage are also available but extra so please indicate if you wish to add these activities. Make checks to St. Catherine’s with “Women’s Retreat” in the memo line. Partial scholarships are available. You may also contribute to the retreat scholarship fund for others, a wonderful gift to help a sister in Christ, all amounts gratefully accepted. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Julie Fulcher,

Rector Search update

By Your Nominating Committee

Posted on March 9, 2016: The Nominating committee gathered this week to continue our work in the rector search process. We were delighted to have Joyce Hendricks back with us, and we are equally as excited to welcome Reverend Hazel Glover as our new consultant. She will be with us for our meeting next week and we look forward to getting to know her.

We continue to work to put together the parish profile. We are carefully considering content and graphics, trying to find a good balance that will attract future candidates as well as describe the life we lead at St. Catherine’s. The input from the town hall meetings and the parish survey has been invaluable to this process. We cannot thank you, the congregation, enough for taking the time to support us as we move forward on this important journey. It is slow work, but we are patient, and trust that God will continue to light our path.

Your Nominating Committee is posting periodic updates on the search process on St. Catherine’s blog page – read it now at, and we invite you to add your comments there. You may also contact the committee at

Blood drive next date: Tuesday, April 19

Did you know April is National Volunteer Month? You can be a volunteer blood donor and make a lifesaving difference at our next St. Catherine’s blood drive on April 19 from 3 to 7 pm in the Parish Hall. Reserving an appointment is easy: go to and enter Sponsor Code STCATS to sign up for available times. However, appointments are not required, if you don’t get around to making one you are of course welcome to come! Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

Communion wine donations

Our supply of communion wine is getting low. We are fortunate to have parishioners donate our wine either in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, a loved one. If you would like to help, please leave donations in the church office, marked with your name and information for remembrance. We use Taylor Tawny Port. Thank you.


Near-term Outreach opportunities!

By Harriett Pyburn

Are you hoping to serve our community over the next few weeks? Here are a few good ways! Please contact Harriett Pyburn at if you have interest or any questions.

  • Saturday, March 19, 9:45am - 1:45pm - Volunteer at Simple Needs GA. Drop off donations, sort and inventory donations, organize rooms, etc. Volunteers might also be putting together some bags of toiletries. For more information on donations needed as well as their programs, see their website at: . Volunteer location is 991 Industrial Park Drive, Marietta
  • St. Catherine’s after-school computer lab needs volunteers willing to be at the lab as little as one day a month. We are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:00pm for Wheeler High School students to work on their homework. Only basic computer knowledge is needed (can you turn one on?), and training can be done at your first shift.
  • Thursday, March 31 at 6:30pm in the Board Room – join us for a meeting to start planning an event at St. Cat's for the parishioners of Holy Comforter at 6:30 pm in board room. Come and find out a little about Holy Comforter and help discern what St. Catherine’s might be called to do with their members (many of whom have mental illness). We are considering planning a social event or perhaps something else for/with them. No long term commitment needed – just come and see if it interests you!

Outreach collections

  • One Tuesday a month, a group from St. Catherine’s travels to Holy Comforter Church and opens a clothes closet for the parishioners who are attending the Friendship Center that day. We are currently in need of shoes in good condition (sneakers or other sturdy shoes in both men's and women's sizes) as well as casual men's shirts / t-shirts in size Large. Please drop off donations in the bin marked "Holy Comforter" across from the Parlor.
  • Save it Forward coupon program. Get the most out of your food donations! Pick up an envelope next time you're at church (on the table across from the Parlor). You will find a store-specific (you choose either Publix or Kroger) shopping list and coupons inside, and the shopping deadline is printed clearly on the outside of the envelope (as well as the amount of money you will spend). By combining coupons and sales, you will be amazed at what $6 will purchase! Then, simply bring the groceries back to church at your convenience (pickup is every week, so you don't have to worry about missing it) and drop in the bins across from the Parlor.

Ever wondered about Holy Comforter?

Have you heard the name “Holy Comforter” before but don't know exactly what it is? Don't worry—you're not alone! Here's a quick primer: Founded in 1893, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church is a diverse worshiping community in the heart of Atlanta (Ormewood Park neighborhood not far from the Atlanta Zoo) that seeks to restore all people to unity with God & with each other. About 60% of this congregation lives with mental illness. Worship is "open, fluid, sometimes loud, and always interesting". On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Friendship Center is open at Holy Comforter Church. Volunteer bus drivers pick up individuals to come to a morning of activities including breakfast, gardening, yoga, painting, mosaics, woodworking, weaving, peer-led support groups, medical care, worship, a clothing closet, and lunch. Holy Comforter is a mission church of the Diocese of Atlanta, which means the Diocese pays for the vicar's salary.

Want to know more? Watch this YouTube video of "A Day in the Life" or visit the Holy Comforter webpage to learn more or see videos of parishioners and their passion for Holy Comforter. Want to get involved? Join us for a meeting at St. Cat's on Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 pm in the Board Room. We'll be discussing how St. Catherine's can plug in and consider planning a social event for Holy Comforter members to be held at St. Catherine's this year. We'd love your creative ideas or just your presence!

Hunger Walk 2016: The Power of One

By Connie Bergeron

Bravo to St. Catherine's! To everyone who donated, walked, ran and prayed for this year's Hunger Walk/Run, thank you! The contributions to this event benefit both the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Episcopal Charities Foundation. Your contributions help provide meals to hungry children, seniors, and families across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. Your participation means that shelves will be stocked and hungry struggling neighbors fed throughout the year.

Sunday, March 13 was a beautiful day for runners and walkers alike. More than 13,000 people gathered at Turner Field in support of this year's Hunger Walk/Run. The Hunger Walk/Run 2016 reports raising $583,234.38 (as of publication date). ACFB procures more than 60 million pounds of food and groceries each year and distributes it to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies serving families and individuals in 29 metro Atlanta and north Georgia counties. For every dollar given, the Atlanta Community Food Bank can distribute more than $9.00 of food to those in need.

We had great participation by St. Catherine's with more than 25 walkers and runners, and this year's donations raised by our parishioners total $4,633 as of March 18, $500 more than 2015's total of $4,054. Thank you to Ron and Connie Bergeron for sponsoring the pre-walk lunch.

The Power of One: Special thanks to Daniel Mikkelsen for being St. Catherine's top fundraiser three years in a row; by emailing family, friends and colleagues, Daniel raised $3,225, which is $1,000 more than his 2015 total of $2,150 in donations, and which is triple his 2013 total. Daniel's entire family came out to walk and support this year's event.

It's not too late! If you meant to contribute and have not done so yet, the good news is: online donations will be accepted through March 31. To give online go to and click on "donate now." And remember, 25% of your donation goes to the Episcopal Charities Foundation when you donate through the St. Catherine's Team link. Thank you all again for "stepping up to stop hunger."

Photos by Connie Bergeron


Vestry Notes

Highlights from the Vestry meeting on March 15

By Bill Ivey, Junior Warden

  • Your Vestry begins our meetings with Eucharist; Father Dean was our celebrant. Our senior warden Daniel Mikkelson presided, as is customary during an interim period, convening our meeting at 7:30pm. We had three guests: Abby Baumann, Erin Donoghue and Sally Paris welcomed us to the Youth House.
  • At the same time we were meeting, our Nominating Committee was welcoming our new consultant in our rector transition process, The Very Rev. Hazel Glover. Many will remember that Hazel was our associate during our last interim before Father Jim arrived, leaving in 2004 to go to St. Margaret’s in Carrolton as their rector. She takes the place of The Rev. Rob Wood who is leaving our Diocese to serve a church in western North Carolina. Bill Lee, our Nominating Committee Chair, feels that the process will not slow much due to this change in consultants. The committee is hard at work putting the Parish Profile together. We should see an electronic webpage as well as a draft of a printed piece at our next Vestry meeting.
  • Our Youth House Expansion (YHE) project is going well. You may notice the orange fence up behind the Youth House, please stay out of the construction zone unless you are one of the volunteer workers and have signed your form to work on the project. Volunteers will be needed in the coming weeks for flooring and wall-building. Sign-up will be held in the foyer before or after church. YHE fundraising continues: we have $70k+ in the bank, another $21k+ in pledges leaving $42k+ to raise. Pledges are still being accepted – payments should be completed by September 1 if possible. We will also have several fundraiser opportunities – check elsewhere in this newsletter for details on the Trunk Yard Sale, Parents Night Out babysitting and a Raise the Roof concert on Saturday, April 23 at St. Cat’s.
  • We are attempting to fill several volunteer leadership positions – please contact Volunteer Coordinator Pat Pepper to find out what opportunities YOU might be the perfect fit for … we need help in Fellowship, Worship and Finance.
  • Your Vestry is serving dinner at MUST’s Elizabeth Inn on March 28. We enjoy our time together and this will be an opportunity to serve others as well.
  • The City continues to be an excellent opportunity for us to better communicate. Training will be scheduled to help those who have issues with getting signed on. Please use The City to publicize your events and meetings, as well as to invite people to be a part of your ministry teams.
  • Our financials are looking good – we encourage you to go to The City and look at the new TAB called GIVING. You can set up online giving for your pledge – automatically pay your pledge monthly so you’re always up to date. This is a VERY secure feature of our accounting software – none of your personal financial information is kept on our servers – only on the very secure systems banks use to transfer funds (similar to PayPal).
  • We will be re-striping the parking lot during Spring Break – this will help people find their place to park better. We are also working on a plan to expand parking in the next couple of years. Please observe the crosswalk signs and remember that state law requires you to stop if there are people present in a crosswalk. Drive carefully.
  • Our Ministry Fair in August will be a little different this summer – look for details to participate. We’ll begin early in August after school starts and cover a couple of ministries each week.

Our meeting was adjourned at 9:30. All vestry meetings are open to visitors – we ask that you let us know if you have questions or concerns at or by seeing any of your vestry members – we wear green nametags.

Lenten Lecture Series concludes

The Rev. Dr. Lee Humphreys completed our special Wednesday evening series on “The Character of God in Genesis” on March 16. We’ve had a great group attending each week during Lent. He taught us with a vast knowledge of the Hebrew scriptures, discussing the literary value of stories and how they complete our own histories. This was a terrific class and many thanks to Fr. Dean Taylor for bringing Dr. Humphreys in to speak. And a BIG thank you goes to our special guest chefs for the delicious soup suppers!

Wednesday Night Live will resume in the first week of Easter, March 30 for the spring sessions with dinner and programs. See you there! (photo below by Bill Ivey)

Volunteer Corner: “ Take it for granted”

By Pat Pepper

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

When you come to St. Catherine's to worship do you take things for granted?

  • When you drove down Holt Road, you were able to see the church because someone had cleared the undergrowth along the street.
  • As you walked into the church, you saw that pansies were planted, weeds pulled, grass mowed and sidewalks blown clean.
  • A greeter said “Good Morning” and as you walked into the sanctuary the sacred linens were ironed and the Eucharist table was ready.
  • The Chancel Choir or Choristers or Jubilate sang a beautiful anthem during the service.
  • The Fellowship Committee will host Easter Day receptions including providing cookies, setting up, serving and cleaning after.

Are you taking things for granted? Or did you assume someone else would take care of these tasks and many others in your place? If so, I can help you find a way to give back, or I can share the names of the volunteers who are making our lives easier. Or are you one of the many volunteers who spend many hours giving and serving — if so, please accept my gratitude, and the gratitude of the many who do not take you for granted.

During this time of Lent the discipline of gratitude is something we all need to remember. I am grateful for St. Catherine's and the many volunteers who give of their time, energy and their many gifts.

Interested in finding your purpose for ministry? Contact Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, 770.971.1269 or to get connected!

Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Bill Ivey, Connie Bergeron, Bettye Harris

Concert Series: Hannah Harris and Friends on March 5

Vanderbilt Choir concert
with Wheeler on March 7
Interfaith Immersion group comes
to St. Catherine's March 6

Stephen Ministers on their
March retreat

Rite 13 class walks the

Youth House Expansion build

Do you know about these ministries?

In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved:

  • March 28 - April 3: Fellowship Committee — This week we celebrate the life and work of the Fellowship Committee. This group plans a variety of offerings to build community and provide opportunities for fun and fellowship for adults, youth and children. Some of the activities include receptions for Easter and a multitude of other occasions, Cats On Wheels lunches and trips, Low Country Boil, Ladies' and Men's Nights Out, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Wine Tasting and many more. The committee also oversees the kitchen and Parish Hall activities and supplies. Many hands are needed to help plan and carry out these events, and new ideas are invited. For information please contact Shirley Childs 404.217.3558, or Jennifer Massey, 404.375.8327,


Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:

  • Humane Society of Cobb County on February 20 for donation of $125.


Go! A Celebration of Global Mission

You are invited to Go! A Celebration of Global Mission, a one-day conference on Saturday, April 16 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St., Atlanta. This event sponsored by the Diocese of Atlanta will feature speakers and workshops and a special chance to thank and honor the Rev. Sandra McCann and Dr. Martin McCann of Columbus, who have returned from 12 years of ministering in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika. Cost is $25 per person, lunch is included. For information and to register please go to For additional questions, contact Terry Franzen, Global Mission chair for the Diocese of Atlanta.


Georgia Festival Chorus Spring Season

The 100 voices of The Georgia Festival Chorus invite you to their spring concert series with classic and contemporary sacred choral works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Moses Hogan, William Dawson, Mack Wilberg and many more. The April 24 concert at Johnson Ferry Baptist will be a celebration of "72 Years of Song" for founding director Frank Boggs, including the premier of a new commissioned work by Wilberg. Several members of our parish participate in this community chorus well-known to us through appearances in previous years at St. Catherine’s. All concerts are free, no tickets needed. For more about please visit Dates and locations:

  • Sunday, April 3 – 6:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Marietta
  • Sunday, April 24 – 7:30 pm at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
  • Sunday, May 1 – 6:00 pm at Cornerstone Bible Church, Lilburn
  • Sunday, May 15 – 6:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Smyrna


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Proper portion size is in your hands
    Eating smaller portions of food is one of the easiest ways to cut back on calories. When you’re not sure about serving size, use your hand as a guide. A healthy portion of meat, poultry or fish (3 to 4 ounces) is about the size of an open palm. One serving (one cup) of most ready-to-eat cereal is about the size of a fist. One serving (one half-cup) of cooked rice or pasta is about a handful. A serving (one tablespoon) of peanut butter is about the size of a thumb. Source: HealthFitness Dietitian
  • Wax on produce
    You might wonder, is this waxy stuff on my apple safe? Yes, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Any wax coatings used on fruits and vegetables must meet FDA food additive regulations for safety. Conventionally grown produce is usually waxed to retain moisture, help extend shelf life and protect the surface during storage or shipping. Waxes also help inhibit mold growth and enhance appearance. If you still have concerns about wax on your produce, you can also rinse your fruits and vegetables with warm water and, when appropriate, gently scrub with a brush. Organically grown produce is not wax-coated. Source: Food and Drug Administration

Provided by HealthStart,


If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, Names will remain on the Prayer Chain list for one month unless indicated for a longer period.

ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousin; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother; and Zach Hurley.

OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.

DECEASED: Martin N. Shaw, Jr., Margaret Shaw’s father

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER: Blanche Schaefer, Beverly Fambrough, Ken Litton, Cathy Moskovis, Vic Pettett, Desiree Harvey, Julie Brannock, George Sutton, Sandy Blackburn, Donna Hardie, Sherry Topper, Lee Berman, Laurie Griffith, Susan Segalla, Mary Williams, Angie Craft, Buddy Jolly, Glenn Cox, Russ White, Raymond Higgins, Jo Anne Fisher, Maude, Tom Brown, Christie Carter, Pat Baldwin, Jan Madison, Anne Whittle, Sue Wagner, Bill Holman, Bill Fambrough, Poula Thompson, Nancy Madaris, Brandon Long.

ANNIVERSARIES: Chuck & Jan Severs (3/24)

BIRTHDAYS: (3/19) Ray Ban, Anne Hitchins, Amy Mikkelsen, (4/20) Ron Brannock, Barb Selby, Lisa Scheidt, Lauren Fransen, (3/21) Norma Alexander, Michael Devault, (3/22) Susan Heuke, (3/23) Claire Paglia, (3/24) Ginney Linstrom, Kim Moran, (3/25) Chuck Brownlow, Ed Pitts, Bradley McGhee, (3/26) Chris Brennan, Alan Certain, Chris Potter, Tad Travis, Thomas Reeves, (3/27) Randy Satterfield, (3/28) Sybil Coote, (3/29) Forrest Tuemmler, Ryan Morris, (4/1) Lucas Cardona

(3/20) Hannah Seger, Bill & Barb Selby; Chuck & Jan Severs; David, Mary Lou, Matthew & Megan Shannonhouse; Margaret Shaw;
(3/27) Terry & Cindy Sheehan; Lee Ann, Kevin, David, Blake & Chandler Sherry; Jennifer, Michael, Katherine & Sarah Sherwood; Chuck & Linda Shrake; Jim, Lizzy & Robby Schulz.

PRAYER FOR OUR RECTOR SEARCH: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on St. Catherine’s, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We love to recognize birthdays and wedding anniversaries for everyone in our parish! We have a year-round calendar to pray for these special dates, send birthday cards, and publish in our bulletin and newsletter. Would you like your birthday or anniversary included in our remembrances? Please send names and dates to us using the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office.


Please let the church know when you or a loved one has a medical procedure, an illness, a life transition, or other special need. We are here to serve you. Please allow us the opportunity to share your experience and offer our support. Simply contact the church office at 770-971-2839. Thank you.

St. Catherine's Calendar

Holy Baptism

To schedule a baptism please contact the church office for the customary booklet about Holy Baptism and to arrange a date.

Two-Week Look Ahead

Below are the next two weeks of events and activities, correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.

Saturday, 3/19 Saturday, 3/26


CGS Level 1 Training
Trunk Yard Sale
Private Event
Cats On Wheels


Holy Saturday
Proper Liturgy
Acolyte Rehearsal
Easter Great Vigil Liturgy
Sunday, 3/20 Sunday, 3/27


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
The Extension Dinner


Easter Day
Rice Bowls Ingathering
Sunrise Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Easter Egg Hunt
No Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist

Monday, 3/21 Monday, 3/28

Women's Book Study
CGS Catholic
Kneeler Group
Boy Scouts


Easter Monday
Office Closed

CGS Catholic
Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team
Stephen Ministry
Invitation Ministry
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 3/22 Tuesday, 3/29


Bible Study
Staff Meeting
Computer Lab
MUST Laundry Team
Children's Stations of the Cross


Bible Study
Staff Meeting/Lunch
Preschool Event
Computer Lab
Master Planning
Nominating Committee
Christian Formation
Wednesday, 3/23 Wednesday, 3/30

MUST Breakfast
H.E. & Healing Service
Preschool Staff/Lunch
Chancel Choir


Wheel Newsletter Deadline
Wednesday Lenten Supper
MUST Laundry Team
WNL Games/Study Hall
WNL Youth Program
WNL Explorers Program
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 3/24 Thursday, 3/31

Maundy Thursday
Father Dean's day off

Computer Lab
Maundy Thursday Liturgy
All Night Prayer Vigil

Father Dean's day off
Computer Lab
Holy Comforter Meeting
DOK Training
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 3/25 Friday, 4/1


Good Friday
Office Closed
Amma Susan's day off

Morning Prayer
Women's Bible Study
Staions of the Cross
Stations of the Cross
Good Friday Liturgy
A.A. Women’s Meditation
Monastic Supper


Amma Susan's day off
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • April 15-17 – Women’s Retreat
  • Tuesday, April 19 – Blood Drive
  • Saturday, April 23 – “Raise the Roof” Youth House fundraiser dinner & concert event
  • Sunday, May 8 - Mother's Day and Youth Sunday
  • Sunday, May 15 - Pentecost; Last day of Church School; School graduates recognized
  • Sunday, May 22 - Summer worship schedule begins (8:00 am and 10:30 am); Parish Picnic at noon
  • May 29 – June 5 – next Family Promise hosting week
  • Youth Pilgrimage – May 30 to June 8
  • Monday, June 20 – Family Promise benefit golf outing at Indian Hills Country Club
  • Vacation Bible School – Monday-Thursday, June 20-23, 9:00 am - noon
  • Rite 13 Youth Beach Trip - June 24-26


By Youth Director Sally Paris,

-> Youth Calendar online

-> Photo albums


Lock-in Friday, April 15

Put our youth lock-in on your calendar! We will have a blast, but in order to make this event happen we also need adult chaperones. If you are an adult and willing/able to chaperone all or part of the night, please let Sally know as soon as possible!


Go Global Mission Event

Saturday, April 16, 8:30AM-4PM at St. Luke's Atlanta. The celebration will honor all missioners in our Diocese who work outside of the US to spread the Glory of God teaching, feeding and loving those that hurt. The day will give all an opportunity to find out what missionary life is like. Please let me know if you are interested in attending!


How can YOU(TH) help?

  • The Outreach Committee is looking for tutors and technical support for our computer lab Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 4-6pm. If you are interested, email Harriet:
  • Nursery help needed for Holy Week and Easter! Let Sally know if you can help Thursday, Friday or the later service on Sunday.
  • Easter Sunday punch and cookies. If you would like to help serve punch and cookies after either service on Easter, please email Mrs. Massey:
  • Youth House Expansion Fundraisers!
    • Trunk Yard Sale (3rd Saturday of the month) First Trunk Sale March 19: 9-1! We will need youth to help set up tables, sell pizza and drinks and direct people. If you're interested email Lee Ann Sherry:
    • Parents Night Out (2nd Friday of the month): 6-9! We need youth to help with childcare for these evenings. If you're interested, email


Parent's Night Out! At the Hunger Walk!

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • April 1
  • April 22
  • May 6

The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. All editions are in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed by email to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church in the foyer, in the wall rack near the welcome table. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles and photos are due Wednesday 2 days before the publication date, by midnight. Please submit items via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.

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Editor: Karen Manno
Contact: or 770-973-8668

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